the things you need to know…
…ABOUT GAS HEARTH PRODUCTS
They can burn one or the other, but not both. You need to be sure the gas hearth appliance you have is set up for the type of gas fuel you intend to burn. Conversion kits are available which will allow a unit to be changed to match the proper fuel type.
Only the TV manufacturer can say what is safe for the TV. Be sure to maintain the clearances specified for your fireplace to combustibles above when putting anything over a gas fireplace.
Refer to the owner’s manual for you appliance for instructions for removing the glass.
No, absolutely not. A direct vent uses a high temperature glass panel to seal off the burn area of the fireplace from the interior of the home. It pulls 100% combustion air to feed the fire from outside the home. Because of its design, a direct vent gas fireplace will not affect the indoor air quality of your home. Since no air from your home is going up the chimney, a direct vent model is very efficient. Vent free should actually be called room vented since the by-products of gas combustion all spill back into the room. The single largest by-product of the gas combustion process is water vapor. Over sizing or overuse of a vent free hearth product can lead to excess moisture in a well built, tightly constructed home. Excess moisture inside the home can contribute to odors, mold and mildew inside the home.
The glass on a gas fireplace WILL reach very high temperatures. USE CAUTION: Carefully SUPERVISE children in the same room as your appliance; alert everyone to the hazards of high temperatures; do NOT operate with protective barriers removed; keep clothing, furniture, draperies and other combustibles away. Barriers such as screens over our direct vent glass help reduce the risk of burn from touching the glass. Ask us bout freestanding screens that are available.
…ABOUT PELLET HEARTH PRODUCTS
…ABOUT WOOD HEARTH PRODUCTS
The Quadra-Fire wood stoves incorporate secondary burn tubes, which are more efficient, burn cleaner and require less maintenance than stoves with catalytic converters. More than 50% of the heat from your wood stove comes from burning the smoke, and stoves with secondary burn tubes burn that smoke inside the firebox, instead of in your chimney. Generally, the Quadra-Fire wood stoves average fewer emissions versus the EPA standard of 6 grams per hour. They are very clean burning. And, over the life of a catalytic converter stove, you will need to replace the converter several times. This is quite a costly maintenance requirement. You will not need to replace the heat tubes on the Quadra-Fire stoves.
While they produce some radiant heat, most wood-burning fireplaces are primarily decorative. Even heat circulating models still pull a tremendous amount of air from the home. There are several EPA rated wood-burning models that are efficient and clean burning that we can show you if you want to heat with wood, but like the look of a fireplace.. We also have several wood-burning stoves and inserts that are very efficient.
Glass doors are a great option for wood burning fireplaces. The doors should always be fully open or fully closed. Glass doors should be fully open when starting a fire and when the fire is burning strongly. The glass doors should be closed as the fire dies down to minimize the amount of room air going up the fireplace chimney. When burning gas logs in a wood-burning fireplace, the glass doors should always be fully open when the gas logs are burning. ALWAYS keep the screen mesh on your fireplace closed when using the fireplace to guard against sparks popping out of the firebox area. If you have a see-through wood-burning fireplace, the doors should be either closed or open on both sides when burning.
Your decision really comes down to how much a priority heating efficiency is for you. If you want a lot of heat from your fireplace, you should consider a direct vent gas insert. From a cost standpoint, an insert will cost approximately five times the cost of a nice gas log set. However, since the insert is very efficient, it will pay for itself over a period of a few years in gas bill savings. We offer both a full line of inserts and vented gas logs to choose from. Installing room-vented or vent free log sets in our wood-burning fireplaces is unacceptable. Doing so will void your warranty on the fireplace and possibly your homeowners insurance.
Our fans are purposely designed at lower CFMs (cubic feet per minute). There are two reasons for this. This first is to minimize fan noise. Second, a high velocity would tend to cool the air temperature coming out of the top louver of the fireplace. The fan is designed to move warm air into the room, not to move air clear across the room.
Each fireplace has a rating plate either inside the operating door or in the lower controls cavity. On that rating plate is your model number and serial number. Wood-burning fireplaces have a metal serial/model plate in the upper left side or right side of the firebox, or riveted on the smoke shield behind the screen.